If your puppy or young dog tends to jump up at people – either visitors at home or people you meet on a walk – this behaviour can start to become problematic once they are fully grown.
Even though your dog may simply be excited or trying to be friendly, not everyone appreciates it when a dog, no matter what size they are, jumps up at them. To help, Battersea has revealed a new, four-step training method.
1. Don’t reward jumping
The next time your dog jumps up at you, instead of greeting them, turn your back on them until all four of their paws are back on the ground. Once this has happened, turn around and then reward them with positive attention.
Consistency is key as you will have to react the exact same way every time they jump up at you.
Once all four of their paws are back on the floor, scatter their favourite treat or a few down in front of them to encourage them to focus downwards instead of up at you.
2. Get others on board
This is especially important whenever a visitor comes to your house. Ask them to follow the exact same training steps.
You can consider encouraging those you meet when out walking to do the same to help reinforce the training.
3. Deflect their attention if they begin to get frustrated
If your dog continues to jump up, even when they’re being ignored, Battersea recommends asking your dog to carry out behaviours that they know well, such as a ‘sit’ command.
“Before someone says hello to your dog, try and ask your dog to sit, and ask the person not to give them attention until they do it. When your dog sits, reward them with treats or attention,” they confirm.
If you repeat this every time that your dog starts to jump up, they should soon learn that sitting gets them attention, whereas jumping up does not.
4. Use a lead to make them wait
If your dog is still struggling to stop jumping, putting your dog on a lead and making them wait to greet anyone who visits, or when they are outside, could be an alternative course of action.
You could also keep your dog in a different room or behind a gate whenever a visitor arrives. They should be slightly less excited about a new arrival once your guest has settled in.
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